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Newsletter No.30 July 2011
last three months has been very
important for us. It was not only the 11th anniversary of Solar Serve
but we also finished some major projects in the mountains, helped to
install 32 solar panels on a school in Danang and supplied a small
village with parabolic cookers. We think that's a good start to make
you excited to read our latest letter. Have fun!
A few months ago they
showed a 40 part new comedy drama on
TV. It was about a man who researched parabolics and started to make
them. His wife did not like it. All kinds of funny situations happened
but finally the man was very successful and able to run a big company.
Because of this comedy a man called us and ordered one of our parabolics. After he received it, he called again,
and told us that many people came to see him cooking with the parabol.
Great isn't it?
Two days of fun
We drove with 18 staff,
friends and children for a picnic to
the Elephant waterfall near Hue. Small lakes separated the fall with
several picnic places on each level There were large rocks to jump off
and we were able to swim. There was plenty of food, so everyone enjoyed
themselves. Late afternoon we drove to a hotel in Hue and the next day
we visited a border town where we could buy tax-free goods. Everybody
bought something. After that we returned home happily.
Solar system for school
In May we installed the
first grid-tie solar power system in
Danang. All our staff were in-volved. The weather was very hot even
though we started at half past five in the morning. After fixing a
frame in order to protect the system from typhoons, under the
supervision of two specialists, we mounted 32 solar panels on the
frames and wired it with cables to the inverter. After 4 days the job
was done and everything could be connected. The first results were
positive with an output of 260 volt. The staff of the school were very
grateful. The system will be a role model for the region.
Dancing and screaming
We made a YouTube video
clip after the deaf
workers finished their first parabolic cooker with a diameter of 1.50
m. They danced for joy after a piece of thick carton started to burn in
a few seconds. It gave a lot of satisfaction and self worth. Later a
big pan was used and water started to boil soon when the 15 year old
Thang brought his schoolmates for an excursion to the center. They were
all excited and instead of dancing, they screamed loud after seeing the
New parabolic village
We provided a restaurant
in Hoi An with one parabolic solar
cooker. Immediately it caught the attention of the neighbors and
tourists. Near this restaurant on Cam Nam Island, we decided on World
Environment day (June 5th) to help several families with new parabolic
cookers. All of them were very happy and now a small solar village with
20 cookers has been established. We hope this will really benefit more
Solar villages in the make
A tourist agency in the
south is seriously thinking about
establishing several solar villages. They asked us if we could help
them with solar cookers This needs to be planned very well. Several
years ago we provided a small village near Marble Mountains with many
solar cookers. It attracted many people and several reports were
written in the newspapers. Due to government development plans this
village has been removed recently.
A lady near the border of
Laos had heard about our work and
called to ask if we could help her with several solar panels. We
contacted a company in HCM city and they were able to send the solar
panels immediately. After a few bank trans-actions we were able to
deliver all panels in a short time. Everything was transported by road
and we only needed to be at the bus station for further transport to
the border. Besides manufacturing and providing solar cookers, this
will be a new way of serving people with new equipment like solar
heaters and panels. The small wind turbines are still under research.
Biking and walking
Four young Dutchmen decided to sponsor our work.
They drove in a small van to France and took four race bicycles with
them. They had never done this before but biked from Paris to Holland
in a few days. The tour went smoothly although one of them fell (not
badly) and another one had a flat tire. They were welcomed by 120
cheering supporters and honored with flowers, a trophy-cup and other
gifts. It was very encouraging to see young people still doing this.
Another man will be walking soon 4x40km every day during the Nijmeegse
Sometimes we don't
understand why people leave us. Last year
a report was published that al-most 30% of the workforce in Danang did
not return to their jobs after the New Year's holidays. This year at
least five workers left Solar Serve. Some of them told us before but
others just left. This is a struggle we have to face. Contracts have no
value. We felt sad because we love them and put valuable time in them
to make their life better. This is not always based on salaries.
A few years ago Hung came
to work for us. He and his wife
came from the north and wanted to help the deaf community in Danang. We
wanted to help Hung in accomplishing his dreams. After several
successful years, the group in the north who sponsored him asked him to
return. We felt very sad but we had to release Finally him. Finally he
and his wife left Solar Serve on June 18th. We are very thankful for
his work and life.
We commissioned one of
the last solar and communication
projects in one of the remote villages in the north. It was very
rewarding to help these minorities in the mountains and to assist a
foreign company and others from the north. We are still helping other
minorities in Quang Nam province with similar projects.
We added several new
video clips on YouTube. Maybe you have
watched them already. If not, please click:
Solar Serve was founded
on May 22nd, 11 years ago. We are
very thankful for all the things we have accom- plished last year and
are very happy for all your love, support and encouragement.
That is all for now. Thanks for your interest. Please keep in
Solar Serve team
Called to Serve